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Painting in water colour, pre 1955


Painting in water colour, pre 1955

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Physical description

Child's multi coloured abstract design on folded card, grouped under the title - "Early watercolours". The design is composed of irregular forms arranged into a 'V' shape surrounded by smaller forms. The 'V' shape has a three circles with wavy edges, one at the apex and one on each arm. They are infilled with yellow, turquoise, purple, and red bands of colour which follow the contours of the edges. The arms are outlines with wavy pruple bands and infiled yellow with dashes of colour. There are three starburst forms in yellow, red and blue and two irregular forms with 'tails' in blue, red and yellwo.

Statement of significance

The collection comprises a broad range of objects including batiks, pokerwork carvings, paintings and pastel drawings on paper and other art and craft items, bibles and school readers in Pitjantjatjara, drawings by school children, photograph albums, videos and a small number of stone implements.

The collection is significant for the depth and range of material associated with a single Aboriginal settlement at Ernabella, now known as Pukatja, its art centre and with Deaconness Winifred Hilliard who was the Arts Advisor to Ernabella between 1954 and 1986. The collection largely dates to this period. Along with other material previously donated by Hilliard, this collection documents the history of Ernabella and the women's art movement there between, but not limited to, 1954 and 1986.

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